Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Suzanne Lenglen

Suzanne Lenglen, whose 117th birthday (of course) is marked today by a Google Doodle, changed women’s tennis with her skill and her statements on its rules and attitudes, and the place of women in sport and society as well.

The Independent says that in 1914, at age 15, “she won the World Hard Court Championships, making her the youngest winner of any major tennis championship – a title which she still holds.”

She was an early female sports star, her style pushed the flapper look into the mainstream and she encouraged women to follow her example in active pursuits.

An adventure could feature her expertise - aliens seeking to challenge humanity’s champions, perhaps, or needing to find someone who can strike a target just so to deactivate a killer space automaton threatening Paris - or her effect on society, with someone wanting to change it.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Traveller and Sophie versus the mutants

Stumbled across this quite by accident - paper horror miniatures featuring totally not the War Doctor and Ace battling an outbreak of mutant zombies.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Timeless

Timeless looks like it could be pretty interesting - essentially a modern-day Time Police show so it gets the Stargate small cast thrown into SF adventures every week, in a prototype time machine that works most of the time...

“The future is not on your side!”

The trailer presumably comes from the pilot. The show could be heavily serialised, or more “year of the week” in style. We’ll see.

Fingers crossed for dinosaurs, if not Daleks.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

And introducing...

Pearl Mackie as Bill. Who judging by her first two-minute adventure will be funny.

And fan art from Stephen Byrne, which was Ms. Mackie’s first retweet post announcement, which I will take as a good sign.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Prince

His name was Prince, and he was funky. And a superhero.

It would be pretty easy to construct a time and space odyssey from his fantasy and SF lyrics and notes.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood was funny, smart, odd and lovely. She also gave us Jim Broadbent as the Doctor (poking fun at the technobabble rather than the effects) and for that alone she would be worth celebrating.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Warlord Games miniatures previews

10, Martha, Wilf, Judoon and captain and the previously-previewed Zygon, physical and painted. Apparently at a scale where 10 is 33mm. So they may not be compatible with, er, anything. Which seems like a shame.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

More Titan Doctor Who comics

Today sees issue one of the Ninth Doctor ongoing series, and news of a Torchwood series as well with John Barrowman and his sister Carol writing it.

Need an adventure idea? There should be at least one on the stands every week, I reckon, and generally good ones too.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Soviet Moon Bases In Children's Books

Soviet Moon Bases from 1950s and 60s ideas, some from children’s books. Some with helicopters. Somehow this bothers me more than people walking around without spacesuits.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Class cast

Registration for Class is now well underway.

“I’ve always wondered if there could be a British Buffy,” Steven Moffat comments, filling those of us who remember Demons with an icy dread.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

The Easter Rising, 1916

I do not feel qualified to discuss this, so I will just note that this is the 100th anniversary of a major turning point in Irish history.